HAMMOND — Antonnio Benton, who scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, hit a 3-point shot with 2:04 remaining in the second overtime to give Southeastern Louisiana the lead and a 85-77 victory over Abilene Christian on Saturday.
Southeastern Louisiana (7-8, 2-2 Southland Conference) held a commanding 40-25 lead at the half. Abilene Christian (6-10, 0-2) came back to tie at 64 at the end of regulation.
The Lions were trailing 72-70 when Benton hit a jump shot with two seconds remaining to tie the score at the end of the first overtime.
The Lions trailed 77-76 with 2:17 remaining in the second overtime. Benton hit a 3-point shot for the lead and the defense held Abilene Christian scoreless in the final two minutes.
JaMichael Hawkins had 20 points for the Lions.
LaDarrien Williams with 30 points and Harrison Hawkins with 29 led the Wildcats.
Sam Houston State 88, Nicholls State 61: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Sam Houston State’s Jabari Peters scored 18 points.
Sam Houston (11-5, 3-1 Southland) led 42-31 at halftime after shooting 55 percent and making 16 free throws in 19 attempts. Nicholls State (6-7, 3-1) shot 57 percent in the first half but were limited to only two points from the penalty line, compounding a Bearkat first half advantage.
The Colonels’ first half field goal success quickly faded at the start of the second, hitting just 1 of 11 attempts from the floor. Sam Houston reeled-off a 20-3 run in the process in building a 62-34 lead with 12 minutes left.
Sam Houston finished shooting 58 percent from the field, thwarting any Colonel opportunity in mounting a comeback following their early second period shooting miscues.
Dantrell Thomas led Nicholls State scorers with 14 points.
Southern Wesleyan 76, Loyola 70: In Central, S.C., Southern Wesleyan jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game, with Cameron Soloman scoring 10 of his 20 first half points during the early run.
Soloman finished with 31 points for the Warriors (9-6, 4-2 Southern States Athletic Conference). Terrance Hutchins added 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists off the bench. Jordan Wallace scored 13, and Dwayne Bryant had 11 points and three blocks.
McCall Tomeny led the Wolf Pack (3-10, 2-4) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Gray had 17 points, Daniel Kuhl added 11.
McNeese State 74, Lamar 59: In Beaumont, Texas, Desharick Guidry had 21 points with nine rebounds and Ledrick Eackles added 15 points for McNeese State.
The Cowboys (5-11, 3-1 Southland Conference) jumped to a 26-9 lead as Keelan Garrett sank a pair of 3-pointers. Guidry hit two layups and Austin Lewis had a dunk in between to give McNeese State its largest lead, 33-14 with 4:11 remaining in the first half.
Lamar (1-15, 0-4) cut their deficit to nine in the second half after a three-point play by Rhon Mitchell with 8:57 to play, but couldn’t pull any closer.
McNeese State shot 45.9 percent from the field and hit eight 3-pointers. Kevin Hardy had 11 rebounds, eight points and six assists for the Cowboys.
Lamar dropped its 12th straight game, shooting 33.9 percent and going 0 of 8 beyond the arc. Mitchell led the Cardinals with 18 points and Amos Wilson had 12.
Houston Baptist 98, Northwestern State 97: In Houston, Tyler Russell, who had 16 points, hit a jump shot with two seconds remaining to give Houston Baptist the victory.
Houston Baptist (4-12, 1-3 Southland) led throughout most of the game, holding a 96-89 advantage with 2:30 remaining in the game. Northwestern State (5-10, 1-3) reeled off 8 consecutive points, and led for the first time in the final period 97-96 when DeQuan Hicks, who had 20 points, made a layup with 16 seconds remaining.
Russell missed a jumper with six seconds left but Marcel Smith corralled an offensive rebound, allowing Russell to hit the winning shot.
Smith had a career-high 21 points, Rob Lewis contributed 20 with six assists and Cody Joyce added 10 points for the Huskies.
Houston Baptist was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, making 53.8 percent of their field goals.
Texas State 61, Louisiana-Monroe 36: In Monroe, Joel Wright scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Texas State.
Phil Hawkins made a 3-pointer to open the second half and gave Texas State (5-11, 1-2 Sun Belt) a 38-27 lead. The Bobcats then added an 11-5 run to stretch the lead to 49-32 with 9:18 remaining.
Louisiana-Monroe (4-7, 1-2) answered when Kyle Koszuta made two of three free throws at the 8:49 mark to make it 49-34. But the Warhawks did not score again until Milaun Brown’s jumper with 17 seconds to play to cap the scoring.
Wesley Davis scored 14 points and Kavin Gilder-Tilbury added 10 for Texas State.
Louisiana-Monroe scored just nine points on 3-of-23 shooting from the field in the second half. Tylor Ongwae made two 3-pointers while scoring 12 points to lead the Warhawks.
UL-Lafayette 66, Texas-Arlington 64: Sylvana Okde scored 20 points as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette outlasted Texas-Arlington at the Cajundome in a game that saw 11 lead changes, seven in the second half.
“We started slow on both sides of the ball,” UL-Lafaeytte coach Garry Brodhead said. “In the second half we came out strong. (Okde) got us going with some 3s, and we started to move the ball better. We also switched from a zone defense to a man-defense, and I thought it affected them and created some turnovers.”
Kia Wilridge had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-5, 2-1 Sun Belt), and Robbie Brown had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Laila Suleiman scored 25 points and had four assists for Texas-Arlington (1-14, 0-4).
Sam Houston State 51, Nicholls State 50: In Huntsville, Texas, Nicholls State missed six of seven free throws in the final 75 seconds, and Sam Houston’s Jasmine Johnson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Johnson finished with 17 points for the Bearkats (6-9, 1-3 Southland).
Emani White scored 11 points, and Jenny Nash had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Nicholls State (7-8, 2-2).
Loyola 96, Southern Wesleyan 84: In Central, S.C., Meghan Temple scored 18 points to lead Loyola to a Southern States Athletic Conference win.
Megan Whittaker added 16 points and six rebounds for the Wolf Pack (10-6, 4-2), and Jasmine Brewer had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Janeicia Neely added 11 points, five assists and four steals. Shayne Charles had eight rebounds.
Christiana Perkins paced the Warriors (4-8, 2-4) with 28 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Xavier 74, SUNO 52: Danielle Tucker scored 15 points to lead Xavier (13-6, 3-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) at the Convocation Center.
Brandy Broome had 14 points for Southern University-New Orleans (8-3, 2-1), which saw its seven-game win steak end.
Lamar 72, McNeese State 58: In Beaumont, Texas, Lamar’s bench outscored McNeese 21-6 and the Cardinals used 20-6 run in the first half and a 12-0 stretch in the second half to key the win.
Jayln Johnson led McNeese (9-6, 2-2 Southland) with 17 points. Alaina Verdin added 11 points, and Allison Baggett and NeTanya Jones each scored 10. Jones also had 10 rebounds.
Lamar improves to 8-7, 3-1.
LSU-EUNICE 75, PATRICK HENRY 44: In Eunice, the LSU Eunice increased its winning streak to 11 games.
Meghan Cross scored 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Taylor Holzmeier added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for the Lady Bengals (17-1). Reagan Maricle had 11 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Taylor Maricle had 11 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Patrick Henry falls to 7-9.
Houston Baptist 67, Northwestern State 56: In Houston, Shanice Steenholdt had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies.
Monet Neal added 13 points for Houston Baptist (5-10, 1-3 Southland). Anna Strickland had 11, and Tayler Jefferson had 10.
Keisha Lee led Northwestern State (9-7, 2-2) with 17 points. Janelle Perez followed with 13 and Trudy Armstead had 10. Kourtney Pennywell had nine rebounds.